from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A teacher of rhetoric.
  • n. An orator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rhetorician.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rhetorician.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rhetorician; a master or teacher of rhetoric.
  • n. Among the ancient Greeks, an orator.


Middle English rether, from Latin rhētor, from Greek rhētōr; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin rhētor ("teacher of rhetoric, rhetorician"), from Ancient Greek ῥήτωρ (rētōr). (Wiktionary)


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